Hyundi has improved enough on the Hyundi Ioniq Hybrid which is to be released in 2020 to persuade buyers who were on the fence to look at it as an option.
Under the hood
The Ioniq will continue to sport 1.6-liter gasoline engine and a 32-kW electric motor with a 1.56-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, situated under the back seat. This system produces 139 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque with a fuel efficiency of 58 mpg for the entry-level Blue model. The fuel efficiency is however a little lower for the other trim levels combined, at 55 mpg.
In its’default “Eco” setting, the acceleration is rather slow but this can be improved by slotting it into “Sport” mode, but reduces the fuel economy.
On uneven road surfaces the car is an uncomfortable drive that moves excessively up and down.
The adaptive cruise control system now has a newly-introduced stop-and-go feature while new paddles on the steering wheel control regenerative braking.
The 2020 model also includes the Smartsense suite of safety features. This includes forward collision avoidance, lane keeping assist as well a monitor for driver attention.
While the exterior has only been slightly modified, the interior has seen some major changes. The biggest of these is the instrument panel’s center stack. Event eh Blue trim now has an 8-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay, compatible with Android Auto. The display is easier to read and the navigation system is very responsive.
The climate control has been moved and above it is a row of buttons and a single dial to use for scrolling and volume control.
How does it compete?
The Ioniq’s hatchback design enables it to carry as much luggage as any of its competitors and even gives it an advantage over models with a traditional trunk.
Compared to its largest competitor, the Toyota Prius, the Ioniq has a similar range with a lower price tag and some clever new safety features. Other competition include the Kia Niro, Honda Insight and Honda Accord Hybrid, which actually have better driving dynamics and more interior space.
This new Hybrid is available at dealers now, while its fully electric counterpart should be available by the end of the year.
What is the price?